How You Can Confirm Ovulation

When I first began my journey to get pregnant I thought that tracking my ovulation with an ovulation prediction kit was all I needed to do. 

 

I had convinced myself that getting pregnant was going to be easy. 

 

At that point in time I believed that I would always ovulate on Day 14 of my menstrual cycle (this is a myth by the way)! 

 

However, I know now that during my TTC journey, I  wasn’t tracking my ovulation correctly – I didn’t actually know if I had ovulated or not because I didn’t know how to confirm ovulation. 

 

I also didn’t understand that everyone’s cycle is unique and that there was a lot more going on than I realized. 

 

There’s so much that we weren’t taught about ovulation in our sex ed class and by our health practitioners. We are put at a HUGE disadvantage. 

 

That’s why I’m sharing with you in this blog post  – 

 

  • Why just a period tracking app and OPK kits can’t confirm your ovulation 
  • What you need to know about ovulation tracking  
  • How you can confirm ovulation 

 

Let’s dive in! 

 

WHY AN APP AND OPK KITS CAN'T ACTUALLY CONFIRM OVULATION

Are you currently using a period-tracking app to track your menstrual cycle?

 

I see this a lot with the clients that I work with. 

 

Apps can be great for getting started on your journey, but the problem with an app is that there are several limitations and problems with relying on these apps to accurately track your ovulation. 

 

One of the biggest problems is that ovulation apps often rely on the assumption that you’re having a regular menstrual cycle, typically around 28 days.

 

However, many of us have cycles outside of that textbook timeframe, which can make predictions less accurate meaning that the app isn’t giving us that perfect timing that we are looking for.

 

Also, an app doesn’t take into account that your body is unique, and factors such as stress, illness, medications, and lifestyle can affect ovulation timing. (you can learn all about how stress impacts your ovulation here)

 

And…

 

Did you know that an app isn’t helpful if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? 

 

Why? 

 

Because if you have PCOS you are having irregular cycles or ovulation patterns that make it challenging for ovulation apps to accurately predict your fertile days.

 

So while an app to track your menstrual cycle can be helpful, I consider it to be supplemental in your journey to get pregnant and what’s more important is that you be able to confirm your ovulation. 

 

Same goes for OPK’s – these can be a great additional tool but should not but used as the main way you track your ovulation because:

 

  • They Don’t Confirm Ovulation: OPKs indicate an LH surge but do not confirm that ovulation has actually occurred. Conditions such as luteinized unruptured follicle syndrome (LUFS) can cause an LH surge without the release of an egg. It’s also common for women to no ovulate for up to 3 days after and LH surge or have multiple LH surges in a single cycle (this is common with delayed ovulation).
 
  • Interference from Medications: Certain medications, including fertility drugs and hormonal treatments, can interfere with the accuracy of your OPKs.
 
  • Timing and Usage: Proper use of OPKs requires testing at the right time of your cycle and sometimes multiple times per day to detect the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH). Missing this surge can lead to incorrect assumptions about ovulation.

 

Also, when you try to just use an app or OPK’s you are missing out on seeing other important fertility signs such as changes in your cervical mucus, basal body temperature shifts, and noting the physical symptoms of ovulation. These can tell us so much more about what is going on in your body than just your period and LH surge.  

 

I’ve had clients miss out on THREE full days of high fertility because they didn’t know before working together how to confirm ovulation and they didn’t know how to find their optimal days to get pregnant. 

 

So what do you actually need to know about ovulation tracking? 

 

Let’s talk about it…

 

OVULATION TRACKING

First, what even is ovulation tracking? 

 

Ovulation tracking is the process of monitoring various signs and symptoms of ovulation to determine when you are most fertile during your menstrual cycle. 

 

The goal of ovulation tracking is to identify the days when conception is most likely to occur, either to increase the chances of becoming pregnant or to avoid pregnancy naturally.

 

If you want to do Ovulation Tracking you need to – 

 

 1. Understand your menstrual cycle.

 

While the doctor’s office will tell you about the textbook terms of a 28-day cycle and ovulation on cycle day 14, it’s time for you to get to know YOUR unique menstrual cycle. 

 

Most women will have a 24-35 day menstrual cycle (this is my optimal window) with their period lasting anywhere from 3-7 days (again, optimal window!) and ovulation occurring between cycle days 12-21 (you guessed it, my optimal window!). Anything outside of these days could impact your ability to get pregnant. 

 

The first half of your cycle leading up to ovulation is your follicular phase which is when your body is preparing the egg follicle for ovulation. The second half of your cycle, after ovulation, is your luteal phase which is when implantation happens. This half of your cycle is usually 10-14 days long. 

 

Remember I have windows for a reason. 

 

I don’t expect you to have the exact same cycle parameters as your cousin Karen who got pregnant on her first try. I want you do understand what your body is doing and what it needs right now. 

 

2. Know the signs and symptoms of ovulation which include: 

 

  • Tracking your Basal Body Temperature (BBT): If you are ovulating, there will be a slight increase in body temperature after ovulation thanks to the after-effects of progesterone production (learn all about ovulation in this blog post)
 
  • Monitoring your Cervical Mucus: When you are ovulating you will have changes in your cervical mucus, which becomes clear, stretchy, and egg white-like the closer you are to ovulation. 
 
  • Check if you are experiencing an LH Surge: This is a surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) detectable by ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) or LH strips.
 
  • Check your Cervical Position: The cervix becomes high, soft, and open during ovulation 
 
  • Note if you’re experiencing Mittelschmerz: This is when you have mild pelvic or abdominal pain on one side, experienced by some women. This is usually associated with the ovary that is ovulating that cycle – but if you don’t feel it don’t worry! 
 
  • Other Symptoms of ovulation you can experience are an increased libido, breast tenderness, and bloating.
 

So now that you understand how you can know when you’re ovulating, it’s time for you to learn how you can actually confirm that ovulation took place? 

HOW TO CONFIRM OVULATION

As I mentioned above –  using just one method such as an app or an OPK test to track ovulation isn’t going to confirm that you actually ovulated. 

 

For the most accurate confirmation of ovulation, I recommend combining several methods. 

 

For example, you can use BBT charting along with OPKs and monitoring your cervical mucus which can provide a more comprehensive view of your ovulation pattern and fertile window.

 

But remember there are several different methods you can use to  help with confirming ovulation such as – 

 

 1. Tracking Your Physical Symptoms

 

  • How it Works: Pay attention to the physical signs such as ovulation pain (mittelschmerz), breast tenderness, and increased libido.
 
  • Signs of Ovulation: These symptoms often correlate with ovulation but are not definitive.
 
 

2. Cervical Position Tracking

 

  • How it Works: Check the position and feel of the cervix regularly.
 
  • Signs of Ovulation: The cervix becomes high, soft, and open during ovulation.
 
  • Pros: Provides additional information on fertility status.
 
  • Cons: Requires comfort with self-examination; may be difficult for some women to detect changes.
 
 

3. Progesterone Blood Tests 

 

 

  • How it Works: The blood tests measure progesterone levels in the luteal phase (about a week after suspected ovulation)
 
  • Signs of Ovulation: Elevated progesterone levels will indicate that ovulation has occurred and your corpus luteum is producing progesterone.
 
 

4. Cervical Mucus Monitoring

 

  • How it Works: Observe and record changes in your cervical mucus daily.
 
  • Signs of Ovulation: Fertile cervical mucus is clear, stretchy, and egg white-like in consistency, appearing just before ovulation.
 
  • Pros: Can be very effective when done correctly; no cost.
 
  • Cons: Requires practice and consistency; can be influenced by infections or medications.
 

And if you’re wondering how you can seamlessly track, predict, and confirm your ovulation all at once so that you can get pregnant, that’s exactly why I created my signature Cycle Charting Ebook. 

 

Because learning how to confirm ovulation can feel overwhelming – especially when there’s several different methods that exist! 

 

CYCLE CHART WITH CONFIDENCE

This ebook gives you all the tools you need in one comprehensive guide!

 

This ebook is for you if you want to – 


  • Learn how to track your cycle 
 
  • Track your basal body temperature so you can know the EXACT day you ovulated
 
  • Understand your fertile window
 
  • Identify other areas of your menstrual cycle that need help such as being able to know if you have a short luteal phase, hormone imbalances, etc. 
 
  • Confirm if you ovulated or not 
 
 

All so that you can get pregnant! 


Through tracking your cycle, you will learn when your body is ovulating using the signs and symptoms that you produce naturally, including your basal body temperature (BBT), cervical mucus (CM), cervical position, mood, and physical sensations.


By tracking all of these things as they occur, you will be able to understand when you are fertile, when to plan sex in order to conceive, and understand what could be the root cause for you not being able to get pregnant. 


You’ll be surprised how much your menstrual cycle can tell you about your health!!


This ebook includes – 


  • A detailed guide on everything you need to track your cycle 
 
  • The EXACT steps you need to take to do cycle tracking 
 
  • A breakdown of basal body temperature, cervical mucus, and identifying your cervical position 
 
  • Trouble shooting suggestions for when you don’t know if youre doing it right
 
  • A complete list of  my optimal windows that you will want to be in 
 
  • And more!
 

With over 5 years of experience helping women get pregnant, I know firsthand the challenges of starting your TTC journey. 


That’s why I created this ebook—it’s everything I wish I had when I began, feeling lost about cycle tracking and unsure how to confirm ovulation. 


Now, you can have all the knowledge and tools I’ve gathered, right at your fingertips. 


Click right here to learn more! 


And…


If you’re looking for a Fertility Nutritionist who is going to help you feel fully supported on your journey to getting pregnant and help remove overwhelm and confusion from the process, that’d be me! 


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